Are You Going To Blue Jays Games?

No? Your not alone. Despite some early success on the field, the Jays are a disaster at the gate (as predicted).

“With 10 home games in the first month of the season, crowds at the Rogers Centre are down on average to 20,396 from 26,864 in 2008. Washington, Detroit and Atlanta, join the Jays as the so-called biggest losers, according to baseball’s monthly attendance report. The two Florida teams – the Marlins and Rays – show the biggest gains, followed by Oakland, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati.”

That, my friends is not good. Hopes we may have had for an increase in spending will be dashed by declining revenues for sure.

All is not lost Jays fans, the good folks believe that things are on pace to improve…

“Our belief was that the team would play better than was suggested, and it has. So once you get to the prime months of June, July, and August, you project bigger numbers.”

I hope they are right. I fear they are wrong.


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May 2, 2009 8:12 am

i seem to recall reading that the Jays are for the first time in recent years reporting tickets sold as opposed to all tickets assigned for a given game (incl freebies). this might provide a different explanation the precipitous drop-off.

May 2, 2009 9:39 am

Mike…I also heard that when McCown was inteviewing Paul Beeston on PTS. Basically, Paul said that there was no point in fooling people with inflated numbers when anyone can see that the building is empty. He would prefer to show a slow build in fan support, rather than lie outright to the public who are smart enough to know otherwise.

May 2, 2009 1:45 pm

Yeah….I’m not sure I’d say it’s a disaster at the gate.

Averaging low 20,000s in April, with the dome closed during an epic recession isn’t really a cause for dire concern.

When the weathers nice, the dome’s open, and the Yankees and Red Sox start coming, they’ll be fine. I’m sure down from the past few years, but still fine.

May 2, 2009 1:49 pm

According the Zelkovich’s media blog, the TV ratings are still very strong.

May 5, 2009 11:49 am

The jays haven’t had any games against the Yankees or the Red Sox at home yet either, which usually provides a huge boost to ticket sales. Detroit, Oakland, and Texas don’t bring huge attraction rates to Toronto.

May 5, 2009 2:41 pm

To say “wait until the Yankees and Red Sox” doesn’t cover up the fact that people aren’t interested. The only reason the attendance goes up for those teams is because they bring a large group of fans with them. Half the fans in the place are cheering for the other team.

A city that is actually interested in their team doesn’t need to “bring in an attraction” to have good attendance. People think THE TEAM is the attraction. The Jays will never come close to averaging 35,000 again. Except it.

May 5, 2009 4:09 pm

haha…they averaged 30,000 a game LAST year!

Re-lax for gods sakes. Boring offseason, dome closed, no big draws, brutal recession. That’s it. They’ll be fine, Toronto likes baseball.

May 14, 2009 4:38 pm

Daniel…no, they didn’t. If you had read the article, you’d know that number was fudged by the amount of freebies the Jays gave out, and not indicative of the true amount of fan support. I figure the Jays will get around 25,000 per game this year if they stick with the true tickets sold formula. They play, on average, 18 home games with the Yankees or Red Sox. That’s about 1/4 of their home games, and most of the time they get close to 40,000 per game for New York or Boston. So when you get that many people to 1/4 of your games, it provides a boost to the overall average attendance numbers. Not so much because true Jays fans want to see the Yankees and Red Sox, but moreso because Yankees and Red Sox fans come to the Dome to see them play the Jays. If Toronto didn’t have any home games against the Yankees or Red Sox, their attendance would probably be worst in the AL – yes, lower than KC.

J Carr
J Carr
June 6, 2009 12:29 pm

Why the team is owned by a heartless corporation, and the powers that be don’t care about anything but filling TV space on Rogers sportnet. Also they for some reason insist on keeping one of the most despises incompetent GM’s ever in JP Ricciardi, The team is full of a-hole’s that don’t care about the city of Toronto so as far as I’m concerned they can move them back down south!

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